Downtown Cleveland is your prime destination for kicking off the holiday season! On the Saturday following Thanksgiving, bring your family Downtown as Huntington presents Winterfest, an all day holiday celebration! Take in the magic as you experience Downtown’s vibrancy through horse and carriage rides, the tree-lighting ceremony at Playhouse Square, a fireworks show and more!
Winterfest 2015 is Saturday, November 28 at Playhouse Square!
Click here to view the 2015 Winterfest event guide!
Events in Winterfest Village in Playhouse Square
1-4:30 p.m. Fusion. Live and Talespinner Theater
Fusion. Live will be providing family-friendly holiday entertainment at the Winterfest Children’s Stage. The Children’s Stage will also host 2 special performances of Peter and the Wolf by Talespinner Theater between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.
1-6:30 p.m. Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Get a jump start on holiday shopping at the Holiday Pop-up Shop at East 14th and Euclid Ave. Buy friends and family creative gifts from local artisans.
1-6:30 p.m. Food Trucks
Food trucks will be on site at Huron Ave. and Euclid Ave. for lunch, dinner and snacks.
5-6:30 p.m. Official Lighting of Downtown
The official lighting of Downtown Cleveland, hosted by Mark Nolan and Nicole Marcellino with stage show featuring special guest Humble G the Fiddla and headliner Old Skool, and a special visit from the jolly man in red and ending in a spectacular fireworks show.
Festival of Trees at Allen Theatre
The Festival of Trees is back to spread lots of holiday cheer. View the beautiful display of holiday trees lining the lobby of the Allen Theatre. Open at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11:00 a.m. on weekends.
Make your way to E. 13th St. and Euclid Ave. (in front of Cowell & Hubbard) to see their larger-than-life #thisisCLE sign. Snap photos along the way and throughout the season and tag #thisisCLE to share how you celebrate your holidays in Cleveland.
Winterfest Events Around Downtown
5th Street Arcades
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Stop by 5th Street Arcades and check out Cleveland Bazaar, northeast Ohio's longest-running indie marketplace event, for handmade items from over 75 talented local artists as well as our resident retailers.
Cleveland Public Library
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friends' Used Book Sale
Bag of books $6 today!
10a.m.-4 p.m. Toy Train Depot
12-1 p.m. Beautiful Bells
River Valley Ringers Hand Bell Chorus
1-3 p.m. Reindeer Junction
Live reindeer in our reading garden!
1-3 p.m. Iceberg Station
Ice sculpture art
2-3:30 p.m. Holiday Tuba Ensemble
Lighting ceremony, concert and fireworks.
2-3:30 p.m. Cookies and Cider
Tasty treats while supplies last!
3-4:30 p.m. December Holidays Around the World
Family sing-along and holiday card crafts
3-3:30 p.m. A Christmas Carol
Readings by costumed performers from Great Lakes Theatre
4-5 p.m. Enchanting Ballet
Cleveland School of Ballet holiday performance.
1-3:30 p.m. Free Horse and Carriage Rides
Explore Downtown and all of its beautiful sights while you and your family go for a free horse-drawn carriage ride.
10 a.m. Take A Hike
Meet in the Arcade (401 Euclid Ave) on the Saturday of Winterfest, and every Saturday following through December 12th. Free admission, donations encouraged. For complete details, contact Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation at (216) 771-1994 or go to www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com.
11a.m.-3 p.m. Keep It Local Cleveland, Cleveland Magazine, 107.3 The Wave & The Arcade
Keep It Local Cleveland has teamed up with Cleveland Magazine, 107.3 the Wave and The Arcade (Hyatt Regency) to host the first annual Keep It Local Ceveland Winter Market. The Keep It Local Cleveland Winter Market will include local restaurants, boutiques, health & wellness vendors, live entertainment and free family friendly fun for everyone! All vendors that are participating in the event are verified local Cleveland Businesses.
7-10 p.m. Winter Wine & Ale Fest
After Winterfest’s lighting and fireworks display leave you awestruck, head over to 925 Euclid for an evening of laughter, cheer, wine and beer at Winter Wine and Ale Fest. Tickets required, Presale only.
Cleveland Visitors Center
10a.m.-7 p.m. Stop by the Cleveland Visitors Center from 10am-7pm for customized itineraries, sightseeing tour information and tips to help your family and out-of-town guests plan additional trips to Cleveland during the holiday season. Afterwards, make your way to E. 13th St. and Euclid Ave. to see our larger-than-life #ThisisCLE sign. Snap photos along the way and throughout the season and tag them #ThisisCLE to share how you celebrate your holidays in Cleveland.
Hanna Theatre Public After Party
6:30-7:30 p.m.The celebration continues! Enjoy free cookies, hot cocoa, and snap some photos with Santa immediately after the annual lighting of Downtown and the fireworks display.
Tower City Center
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Kringle’s Inventionasium & Kringle’s QuickSnap (level 1 near Sweet Factory) visit www.mrkringle.com to make reservations
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Holiday Express Train Ride (level 1 across from Playball Sports & More) tickets available on Level 1 at the Train Depot Desk, Kringle’s Inventionasium, or online at www.mrkringle.com
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Hang out with Bruce the Talking Spruce on the first level of Tower City Center! Remember your camera for this photo-op.
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Get a head-start on your holiday shopping this year!
1, 3 & 7 p.m. The Toy Soldier & Fairy Godmother Holiday Show will be taking place at The Grand Staircase. Stick around for a meet & greet session after the shows!
3:30-4 p.m. Old Stone Choir caroling in the Portico and other places at Tower City
Horseshoe Casino - Tower City
Horseshoe Casino will once again host Holidays at the Higbee. The casino floors will be transformed into a winter wonderland, showcasing traditional holiday décor that reflects those used decades ago at the iconic Higbee’s Department Store. Holidays at the Higbee will be on display around the clock throughout the holiday season
Soliders and Sailors Monument
10a.m.-6p.m. Monument open to guests
12p.m.-6p.m. Santa on site for photos